Manaslu Expedition

Introduction

Manaslu Expedition | Outdoor Himalayan Treks

Mt Manaslu, standing at 8163 meters from the sea level, offers one of the most adventurous mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas of Nepal. Mt Manaslu Ascent is for those who you seek some adrenaline pumping induced by mountaineering and those dominated by a desire to test their spirit, endurance, and skills in the dizzying heights of a long campaign. After standing at the top, you will enjoy an incredible panorama of numerous peaks like Ngadi Chuli, Himalchuli, Baudha, Ganesh Himal and others. Home to rare ethnicities of Nepal like Nubri, Tsum and Bhotia, the approach trek to the mountain and the return route also takes you through a variety of climate zones from subtropical to the polar. As a result you will also encounter a surprising diversity of wildlife in these different climatic zones.

Located in the Gorkha range to the east of Annapurna, Manaslu sits dominantly in its surrounding with its steep rise into the blue sky making an unmistakable exhibition of its majestic height. Around the peak are flat glacial valleys and long mountain ridges leading into it, not only making the mountain clearly visible from a long distance but also offering a number of feasible route to its base camp. Besides, this unique geography of the place makes the approach to the base camp longer than most other mountain base camps in the Nepal Himalayas. After reaching the base camp, generally four high camps are set in higher altitudes before making the final push to the summit. While negotiating your way from one to the other of these high camps, you face the challenges of climbing steep snow, slippy ice, and also the threats of avalanches between the final two high camps.

Among the 8-thousanders of Nepal, Mt Manaslu has its own specialties. First successfully ascended by a Japanese team in 1956, it is also referred to as a “Japanese mountain”. This sets into an interesting contrast with Mt Everest, which is sometimes called the British mountain because it was first discovered by a British surveyor Sir George Everest (hence the mountain’s English name is Everest). Mt Manaslu is also the first ever 8000m-plus peak to be climbed by women. Furthermore, Manslu is derived from a Sanskrit word that means soul or intellect. The locals living in the high mountain region in the vicinity of Manaslu believe that cosmic soul of the god dwells this peak. That is why a Japanese expedition in 1954 had to make a retreat after facing the hostility of the locals. The locals earnestly believed that the previous attempts at climbing the summit had angered the mountain god, causing avalanches that destroyed a monastery of the region.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 55 nights and 56 days

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Minimum Altitude: 1300 m, Kathmandu

Maximum Altitude: 8163m, Manaslu Summit

Itinerary Outline

Day 1 : Arrival
Day 2 : Preparations in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha
Day 4: Trek from Gorkha to Khanchok
Day 5 : Trek from Khanchok to Khursani Bari
Day 6: Trek form Khursani Bari to Macha Khola;Night in camp.
Day 7: Trek form Macha Khola to Jagat;Night in camp.
Day 8: Trek from Jagat to Nyak;Night in camp.
Day 9 : Trek from Nyak to Prok;Night in camp.
Day 10:Trek from Prok to Namru; Night in camp.
Day 11 : Trek from Namru to Lho;Night in camp.
Day 12 : Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon; Night in camp.
Day 13 : Trek from Sama Gaun to Manaslu base camp.
Day 14-48 : Climbing period..
Day 49: Trek back to Sama Gaon. Overnight in camp.
Day 50 : Trek from Sama Gaun to Nyak
Day 51: Trek from Nyak to Jagat
Day 52 :Trek from Jagat to Machakhola
Day 53 : Trek from Machakhola to Arket
Day 54 : Trek from Arket to Gorkha
Day 55: Drive from Gorkaha to Kathmandu
Day 56 : International Departure

Itinerary Details

Day 1 : Arrival
Day 2 : Preparations in Kathmandu
Day 3 : Drive from Kathmandu to Gorkha
Day 4: Trek from Gorkha to Khanchok
Day 5 : Trek from Khanchok to Khursani Bari
Day 6: Trek form Khursani Bari to Macha Khola;Night in camp.
Day 7: Trek form Macha Khola to Jagat;Night in camp.
Day 8: Trek from Jagat to Nyak;Night in camp.
Day 9 : Trek from Nyak to Prok;Night in camp.
Day 10:Trek from Prok to Namru; Night in camp.
Day 11 : Trek from Namru to Lho;Night in camp.
Day 12 : Trek from Lho to Sama Gaon; Night in camp.
Day 13 : Trek from Sama Gaun to Manaslu base camp.
Day 14-48 : Climbing period..
Day 49: Trek back to Sama Gaon. Overnight in camp.
Day 50 : Trek from Sama Gaun to Nyak
Day 51: Trek from Nyak to Jagat
Day 52 :Trek from Jagat to Machakhola
Day 53 : Trek from Machakhola to Arket
Day 54 : Trek from Arket to Gorkha
Day 55: Drive from Gorkaha to Kathmandu
Day 56 : International Departure

Guidelines

Fitness Level:

This trip requires you to be in good health and physically fit. So, we recommend thorough physical examination before you start the trek.

Skills:

Familiarity with high mountain terrain and tough mountaineering experience required

Travel Insurance:

  • Make sure that you are insured against cancellations, accidents, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of, or damage to, baggage and personal effects.
  • In emergency situations, we will arrange for a helicopter rescue, medical treatment and after care for you. All these costs shall be borne by your travel insurance company.

Required Equipments/Gears:

  • All climbing gears
  • Sleeping bag
  • Down jacket
  • LED headlight
  • Water bottle
  • First-aid kit
  • Water purification solution
  • Trekking poles
  • Raincoat
  • Sunglasses
  • Full fingers gloves
  • Socks
  • Thermal cap
  • Fleece
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • You can choose to bring these equipments yourself. However, we can help you get these things after you arrive here if you want to travel light.
  • We will arrange your pick-up/drop-off according to your flight schedule.
  • We can customize this itinerary according to your interests and preferences.

Documents required:

  • TIMS Card
  • Manaslu Conservation Area Permit
  • Scanned copies of passport sized photo and passport of each participant
  • Travel insurance

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